AN iPhone owned by a 15-year-old with an autism spectrum disorder was stolen at a garage sale on Saturday.
Deborah James said her 15-year-old nephew was selling his iPhone 4 at a family garage sale in Bendigo over the weekend.
The youth had saved up his money from mowing lawns to buy the iPhone, and wanted to upgrade to a Samsung.
The iPhone was stolen by someone during the day, despite seven people manning the garage sale.
“We were looking after things and we turned around and the iPhone was gone," Mrs James said.
“They left the box and charger and just took the iPhone.”
Mrs James said her nephew was very confused and distraught after he discovered his iPhone was missing.
“He just doesn’t understand it," she said.
"In his mind, he bought it, he was trying to sell it and he should have something to show for it.
“He mowed a lot of lawns to buy that and now he has nothing.
“He just doesn’t understand how that is fair. It's not."
The family reported the incident to the police but it was unlikely it would be recovered.
Mrs James called 3BO yesterday morning after hearing about the theft of an iPad from of a 12-year-old boy with autism at Big W on Friday.
The 19-year-old woman who stole the iPad handed it in to police on Monday night.
Mrs James is warning people who hold garage sales to be wary of thieves after more items were stolen over the weekend.
“I went to sell DVDs to a woman and I looked in the cases and three discs were missing,” she said.
“My nephew also set up a camera around the area where we had valuable items and we have footage of two men stealing a game memory card.
“We’ve heard about it happening at other garage sales too. It seems people go to them with the purpose of stealing."